Religion Haggard Has “Overseers”
posted by August 28 at 11:24 AMon
Okay, I’ll admit it: I’m officially obsessed—obsessed all over again—with Ted Haggard. Like everyone else, I thought I’d overcome my addiction to the toothy 100% heterosexual cocksucker after he slunk off to Phoenix with the missus. My gratitude to Mike Jones for exposing Haggard—it was absolutely the right thing to do (buy Jones’ book)—would be eternal but not, I assumed, my obsession with Rev. Ted. I had moved on. To Bob Allen, to David Vitter, to Glenn Murphy Jr., to Tommy Tester… and then Ted asks his supporters to put him through school—an online university—by sending checks to him via a registered sex offender… and my obsession comes roaring back.
Anyway, here’s the latest Haggard-related news report to catch my eye. As we’ve mentioned a few dozen times on Slog already, Haggard’s spiritual advisors are on their way to Phoenix. They want to ask Ted a few questions about how exactly he hooked up with this Paul Huberty, the twice-convicted sex offender that’s now distancing himself from Haggard. KVOA reports…
Overseers Will Meet With Haggard
Church officials supervising fallen evangelical leader Ted Haggard plan to meet with him today in Phoenix because of an e-mail he sent soliciting donations for himself. Haggard told people they could send money to him or through an organization called Families with a Mission. That group has now been linked to a registered sex offender in Hawaii named Paul Huberty….
The spokesman for New Life Church’s board of overseers says they’ll meet with Haggard today in Phoenix to discuss the e-mail. The Reverend Michael Ware says he hadn’t heard of Huberty or the organization before.
He says Haggard sent the e-mail before the board of overseers could discuss whether he could work in the halfway house.
Excuse me, but… Haggard has overseers? Wasn’t the position of “overseer” eliminated at the end of the Civil War? Why is Haggard putting up with this “overseer” bullshit? They must have some sort of financial hold over Haggard, I guess, some severance check Haggard won’t ever see if he doesn’t keep his overseers happy—and they’re clearly not happy with ol’ Ted right now.
Still, I wonder how long it’ll be before Haggard—or his wife—buckles under the strain of this—what? This indentured servitude? This spiritual slavery? How long can Haggard function in this slave-like state, having to clear everything with his “overseers” back in Colorado Springs—everything from where he lives to where he works to where he instructs his “supporters” to send checks—before he snaps? How long before Ted decides to flee this bizarre plantation/purgatory? How long before Ted is back on meth and man ass?